High Ranked Article Directories
Pagerank is a number that search engines like Google assign a website based on it’s relevance and importance. No one knows for sure, but there is some secret algorythm that Google uses to decide what websites deserve what ranking. The criteria has changed over the years. Pagerank use to be much easier to acquire. Now it’s a lot harder which is why it makes sense for article marketers to submit their articles to directories that not only get a great deal of traffic but also are highly ranked.
If a site with a high rank has a link on it to your site, it’s like being associated with one of the “cool kids”. You gain instant credibility in Google’s eyes. But all high pagerank backlinks are not equal. There are some article directories who use a “nofollow” policy on the links in their resource boxes. That means that you don’t benefit from any of the wonderful pageranking juice by having a link there. You can only benefit from the traffic (the readers) who will hopefully click on your link and visit you.
So should you submit to article directories that use the “NoFollow” policy for their links? For me it depends on how many people in my niche I believe frequent that directory. If I think they visit that directory or that directory holds major ranking in the search engines for my keywords, then I say yes. That traffic and potential clicks is worth the submission.
So here’s the deal. I’ve gathered a short list of high ranked article directories on the web, their pagerank, and whether or not they support “Do Follow” links in their resource boxes or the “No Follow” policy. Submit articles based on your discretion…
High Ranked Article Directories – PR8
1. ehow.com (No Follow)
This is a very popular and highly trafficked website, so you would definitely benefit from the traffic clicking back to your site, BUT you will not benefit from any of their ranking power.
This isn’t quite a typical article directory, but you can build a “lens” over at Squidoo and fill it with content and articles on your topic. For awhile, Squidoo lenses ranked super well, like Wikipedia pages — they still have superior ranking but they are not quite a “sure thing” as they use to be. Still it is totally worth building a Squidoo page on your topic.
Technorati has evolved over the past two years. This is a great place to submit articles and benefit from it’s huge traffic streams and pagerank.
High Ranked Article Directories – PR7
I have a soft spot for this site. Great ranking and high article standards make this a really great spot for submitting articles.
5. ArticlesAlley.com (NoFollow)
High Ranked Article Directories – PR6
Here’s where we get to quite a few of the well-known article directories. They all have great pagerank, high traffic, but submission guidelines vary and quite a few are NoFollow.
Highly Recommended for beginners. Very supportive and active community.
Site functions a lot like Squidoo – creating content rich pages.
9. ArticlesBase.com (NoFollow)
11. Helium.com (NoFollow)
This site is especially useful for soft topic niches such as relationships, wellness, life coaching, therapists, chiropractors, etc.
High Ranked Article Directories – PR5
15. ArticleSnatch.com (NoFollow)
16. ArticleAlley.com (NoFollow)
17. Bukisa.com (NoFollow)
21. SearchWarp.com (NoFollow)
24. A1articles.com (NoFollow)